Friday, January 20, 2012

Can't think what to title this....

I couldn't think what to title this post so I guess that's what it's titled. It's been a nightmare of the past 3 weeks with my dad's passing and funeral and burial and all. We've felt many people's prayers holding us up. I miss my dad something fierce, but God had some reason He needed him in heaven so I'm not going to be angry with God. I still love Jesus with all my heart and my goal is to one day meet him face to face and hear him say "Well done my Child..."
   This was only our 4th day of class since this quarter began almost 3 weeks ago. We've been in Northern Ohio a lot with the passing of my father. Our professors have been so good about it all. We have a lot of homework to make up but I'm sure we'll get it done quickly.
   We came home yesterday and then lost the electric in our bathroom and bedroom and after calling the landlord he scheduled an electrician to come out and look at it on Monday so for now we're dealing with an extension cord to run a fan and a lamp for lighting back there. So hoping to get a new place sometime soon. Our dog needs some yard space!
    Not much else has been happening around here just kind of fast paced with dealing with everything with dad. Will always miss him!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

My dad went to heaven....

Last Tuesday at 7:46 am my dad went to be with the Lord. Boy has this past week been rough. From the phone call saying my dad died after a serious accident. It was all so unexpected. So Hubby and I rushed to be with my mom and over the next day or so the rest of the family gathered in. We were together as a family sharing memories of our dad and crying together. Just seems like he should still be here with us, but we can see how God was preparing us for this time. Not that when death comes you're ever prepared for it, and especially not when it's a shock like this has been. My mom said at first she couldn't even cry just felt weak. Their pastor was with her when she saw dad for the first time after the accident (he was dead when they got him to the hospital) and I'm glad he was! Mom did get to talk to him on the phone at the scene of the accident where he said he wasn't bleeding or cut but just didn't feel good and was gonna let them take him to the hospital. He was very calm when talking to my mom and she said that's a conversation she'll never forget, he was normally high strung and would've been especially so after totaling his plowing truck for the winter, but was calm and resigned to that. I believe the Lord was working with his mind and bringing it around to praying. My younger brother Kevin flew in to Pittsburgh that night and came to where we were staying and it was probably 3 A.M. before we got to bed that night. The next night my older brother and his family came in from Florida around 10 PM or so. We just held each other and wept. I don't think I've ever seen my older brother cry and that was hard. Keith and Kevin are both Marines and they wore their dress blues to the funeral and sat and stood on either side of my mom as she accepted the flag that was draped over my dad's casket (he was an airforce veteran). They did the 21 gun salute and then presented the Bible to Keith and the shells to me. It's been the hardest time in my life I think. He was my dad for 26 precious years and he was a good dad, us kids knew he loved us and was proud of our paths in life. I regret that my father didn't get to meet our children but mom said I can ask Jesus to tell him and I will. I'm so very glad for the week that the Lord gave us with him at Christmas before he died. It'll be a week I never forget. Keith and his wife and one of their girls got to web cam with him on New Year's day and that's so precious to them.
     The night before we left to come home, I sat in his chair with a blanket he used that still smelled like him and that started the tears flowing! I'm gonna miss him so much and already do! Seems like I should be able to call him about things and tell him what's going on, but I can't. I know he's singing with the angels and praising the Lord and that's a comfort. But no one will ever replace him, he was a one of a kind guy. I love him still and always will.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Starting again with FlyLady!

I don't know if many of you have heard of but it's a pretty awesome website, they're also on facebook. I first learned about it when I was in college at Allegheny Wesleyan College, one of my professors told some of us girls about her! I'm giving her a whirl this year! My home just turns into chaos when we're in school soooo much and I'm running about doing the odd number of jobs that I do! But Fly Lady has daily missions for you to accomplish, and she's great at helping you get organized! I spent part of my day today organizing my meals and grocery list up for this week but even that I could have done in 15 minute increments! She has "Control Journals" for students, for the holidays, for the office, for the home and so many great ideas! I like using fly lady on facebook because it kind of gives you a support group of people that encourage you when you forget to do something or just plain drop the ball on cleaning tasks! It's been difficult this time around being in college since I'm married and now have a home to take care of and so many times things get left to do the next day and then they don't get done the next day, but I'm hoping I can keep up with fly lady this year!